Common Mistakes for First Time Entrepreneurs: What to Avoid

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  • May 9, 2013
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How can a start-up business thrive in today’s complex business environment? Read on to find out which are the top-5 mistakes to avoid.

Entrepreneurship can be a very rewarding option, but it is not without its challenges. First-time entrepreneurs often face similar issues, so being knowledgeable about the potential problems that may arise and about how to best deal with them can be a very effective tool that may help bring success to a start-up business.


Poor planning

It doesn’t matter how good a business idea is, if its execution is poor, chances are that it will fail. There is a multitude of aspects that start-ups need to take into account, including financial, legal, technological, and practical considerations. This might seem overwhelming to new business owners, and as a result some tend to focus on planning for certain aspects of their business while overlooking others.
To avoid making this mistake, it is recommended to write a detailed business plan (with the help of an expert if necessary) and to refer to it regularly in order to assess how well the business objectives are being met and which are the areas in which a business idea could be improved
Not knowing how to manage a team

Making the transition from being an employee to being the employer is not as easy as it seems, and some entrepreneurs fall into the common trap of assuming that this change only involves a matter of perspective. However, there are many factors involved in being a good employer, and these range from being familiar with legal requirements to having outstanding people skills. Being a poor manager can have disastrous effects on a new business, since unhappy employees tend to be less productive in their jobs and usually have high levels of absenteeism.
To avoid problems in this respect, it may be useful to take a short course on people management. These are available from local colleges and from online providers, such as the Open University or the ACAS.


Failing to meet customer demands

Some entrepreneurs are so enthusiastic about their product that they fail to include customers into the equation. Businesses are customer-driven affairs, and as such, customer demands must always come first if a business idea is to thrive. Thorough market research is useful in this respect, as it is communicating with customers on a regular basis and acting on their feedback.
Making poor use of online resources 

In today’s business environment, online presence is a factor that can make or break a company, no matter its size or field. No start-up should go into the market without a website that is informative and functional.

However, it is common for some inexperienced entrepreneurs to focus on other more “tangible” aspects of a business and neglect the importance of online activity. Some make use of free website building tools thinking that a basic website will suffice, but in doing so they miss out on the potential revenues that social media and online marketing strategies may bring to a business. Investing in professional website design and SEO tools is a good option in this respect.
Being complacent

This is one of the worst mistakes that any entrepreneur can make. A business idea may work out well at the start, but there are no guarantees. New competitors may appear, technology continues to evolve, and customers’ demands will change over time. Therefore, it is wise to be always on the lookout for new and creative ways of making a business grow.

Although entrepreneurship is no bed of roses, anticipating common mistakes and being willing to continue learning about all aspects of the business world can surely help make any business a successful one.


Author Bio –
This article is brought to you by Jonathan, a writer at Transport Innovation, which provides taxi companies with transport contracts. Jonathan is a business specialist with an interest in cars and motorbikes.

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